New guy with a few questions
New here to the forum, after selling my '98 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9. Just got my first Ram 1500 in April, after purchasing it from the states in february and got it shipped overseas to me.
I received the truck in overall good condition, had 126.xxx miles, nice interior and beautiful exterior with just a few small dings on the bed.
I have a couple of questions to a few things I've begun to notice on the truck, now that I've had some time to get to know how it drives.
1. Everytime I start the engine now, (didn't do it the first month I had it) the engine starts up fine, but the oil pressure gauge in the instrument cluster, doesn't move and then the "Check Gauges" lights up. I get it resolved by turning the engine off and the start it up again, where then the oil pressure gauge acts "alive" by going up to normal pressure indication. Let the truck cool off and 20-30 mins later, the truck will do the same thing again when I go to start the engine. Is this a pressure sensor error or is it something electrical? I've tried hooking up my bluetooth obd reader, but it doesn't show any fault codes.
2. I bought an iPod connection adapter for the RB1 navigation head unit in the truck, but it doesn't seem to work flawlessly. The head unit just shows "Track 99" and the time counter jumps between showing "01:00" and "02:00" when the music plays. That's not a big problem, but what I've started noticing is that now whenever I drive, sometime after I've started the truck, the instrument cluster will beep a tone and then a quick flash either from the airbag, abs or check gauges will light once for a split second. I'm just wondering if it could be related to this aftermarket iPod adapter I've installed? Anybody experienced something similar?
3. I got the truck in April, where we still had quite alot of snow on the ground, so I got to try out the 4-wheel drive. Straight away I noticed that the driveline seemed to bind really hard on turns on dry surfaces, but I thought maybe that's just how the transfercase works. Had a similar problem in the Jeep with a long overdue viscous coupling in the NP249 that made the driveline bind up whenever I turned on dry surfaces. So I'm just wondering if the transfercase on the truck is suppose to bind like that on dry surfaces when the 4-wheel drive is engaged? Off course nothing to notice when I'm driving in 2-wheel drive like now.
4. I was used to a very roll happy Jeep, whenever I made quick turns the jeep would roll quite hard to the side. Now in the truck, I noticed the same thing, but quite a lot more than the Jeep. Now I know the truck is bigger and heavier than the Jeep, but this just seems like the shocks might be shot. I'm I right in thinking that if the shocks are shot the truck will be very easily rolled from side to side in turns? Or is this just the characteristics of the truck?
Hope someone can give their 5-cents of advice for a newbie on the Ram 1500.